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Shoah Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 3, 2014
Lanzmann`s monumental film bears significant witness to the Holocaust. Those who see it will never forget it.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
January 9, 2015
Its riveting nine hours are perhaps the most important piece of historical cinema we possess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 19, 2012
[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 27, 2008
The chief success of the to remove the Holocaust from its comfortably horrifying place in history, and restore a human face to the atrocities.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2004
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Eric Kohn
December 6, 2010
Viewing "Shoah" today proves that the Holocaust is not a discrete event, but rather an ongoing public narrative in which the movie continues to play a crucial part.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The effect is relentless and cumulative.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
October 9, 2003
The film is undeniably tough going, but by looking into the hearts of the people that experienced the atrocities, it gets at the heart of the horror itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 14, 2011
the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 20, 2011
Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
December 23, 2010
takes to task largely accepted concepts of what is known, what can be imagined, and how people relate to Hitler's mass extermination with an unrivaled formal insight.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 25, 2003
Lazmann's 9 1/2 hour labor of love equals The Triumph Of The Will for its [historical] importance
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
December 13, 2003
Lanzmann's project is so vast and so meticulous as to render any criticism, positive or negative, irrelevant.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 17, 2009
'Shoah' is difficult to watch, but few other films match its consideration of unspeakable evil and indifference.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2003
Lanzmann builds the past using tools that exist only in the present, summoning an unfathomable catastrophe with the voices and memories of survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gil Jawetz
October 14, 2003
It is impossible not to change a little bit after watching all 9 1/2 hours of Shoah.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 11, 2013
a magnificently disquieting experience--a harrowing descent into the depths of humanity's potential for unmitigated brutality, cruelty, and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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